The latest performance data has been published as part of the NHS Mental Health Services Data Set and quarterly eating disorder treatment figures for children and young people. The figures reflect, respectively, activity in August and Quarter 2 of this year.
What the data shows:
Leila Reyburn, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Mind, the mental health charity, said:
“The picture remains bleak for the nation’s mental health. Today’s figures show that since the pandemic began, the highest number of people have been subject to mental health legislation because they are so unwell. There has been an 11% increase in people seeking help for NHS mental health services compared to the same time last year.
“Now more than a third (37%) of young people with eating disorders who need urgent treatment are not being seen within the NHS’s one week target. This is completely unacceptable. There has also been a decrease in other young people with eating disorders being seen within the NHS four-week target.
“This is moving in the wrong direction and cannot go on – we need urgent clarity on how much of the funding the NHS received in the Spending Review will be put towards mental health services.”